AND A GREAT TIME WAS HAD BY ALL…
This was the 18th Annual Cambridge Pottery Festival and US Pottery Games…and what a great time. We’ve always had other shows conflicting and not gone. Shame on us! It’s a semi-unique kind of show – all pottery!
None of those pesky painters or glass blowers. The atmosphere was relaxed, only 40 booths so no one was in a rush.
Potters from all over the country, mostly mid-west but also North Carolina, Arizona, Nebraska, Florida. (That’s us, second on the left in the photo on the right.)
The big event is the Pottery Games, where potters, experienced and student, run timed throwing contests for a cylinder, large pot, plate, etc. These run from about noon on Saturday through the weekend.
There’s a raku pit, where you glaze a pot and watch it fired and an hour later take it with.
Kids events, you can try your hand at throwing a pot (with help).
We were so enthralled we came back wanting to start as similar festival here in Hutch! Two potter friends Joe Frank McKee and Travis Berning from North Carolina who were there told us about the Smoky Mountain Pottery Festival (June 6) and Western NC Pottery Festival (Nov 7) that run back east. (We carry Joe Frank’s work in the Gallery).
Anyone want to volunteer to help us pull this off in 2011?